It was a huge night for All Elite Wrestling star Daniel Garcia when he captured the Ring of Honor Pure Championship last Wednesday on AEW Dynamite. His victory over Wheeler Yuta was hard-hitting and brutal. The two young stars definitely brought out the big guns as Garcia captured his first title since signing with Tony Khan.
It was an especially sweet victory for Garcia, as he grabbed the gold in his hometown of Buffalo, New York. As he mounted the top rope and confetti fell from the ceiling, the arena returned a deafening response.
With a mix of classic mat wrestling and high-impact strikes, he definitely resembles the Strong Style grapplers of Japan. That’s likely from the time he spent in The Land of the Rising Sun before signing with AEW in the fall of 2020.
Since then, he’s made a steady progression, both up the card and in television time, and is emerging as one of the new faces of the organization. That’s what made this seem like an even bigger, breakthrough victory for the new champion.
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— Daniel Garcia (@GarciaWrestling) September 10, 2022
Daniel Garcia: On the Verge of Greatness
Garcia’s in-ring action may only be matched by his natural appeal
Without saying too much, the ROH Pure Champion can command a crowd. It’s strange because he’s not out there trying to be witty or some crazy character. He just plays who he really is: The Proud Warrior. The one who won’t ever quit, no matter the odds. It’s like some sort of “Rocky Balboa” mystique. And the fans seem to be responding well — especially in recent weeks. Having the support of the legendary Bryan Danielson hasn’t exactly hurt his image, either.
Garcia definitely has a powerful presence that is undeniable. Playing the role of the quiet warrior, he can go from laid-back to lethal in a matter of seconds. He’s quickly learning how to milk the moment, holding his fury in until both he and the crowd erupt. He displayed that perfectly in a star-making moment in his match with YUTA. It was a prime-time performance… Right there on worldwide television.
With the AEW faithful behind him, there’s no telling how many heights this pro wrestling prodigy can reach. But he certainly looks like he can achieve star status and become one of the faces of the franchise. The ROH Pure Championship is likely just the beginning for Daniel Garcia, as he continues his climb to the top.
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